Minecraft for education is a program my students love to work with. They create their own worlds, and develop their characters. Many understand the basics of minecraft because they have played it at home or with others. The beauty of minecraft for education is that there are limits to what the students can do and you don’t need to worry about “battles” ensuing between members.
What I really like is that code.org and hour of code have a minecraft tutorial so they can learn their coding skills in a platform they already enjoy.